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METS Staff

Mayra Guevara Mayra Guevara
METS Director
510.430.3126, mguevara@mills.edu
Education: San Jose State University, BA Social Work

Favorite College Experience: Making meaningful friendships with people from places I had never heard of.


Yadira Gonzalez Yadira Gonzalez
METS Program Coordinator
510.430.3267, yagonzalez@mills.edu
Education: Bachelor's: double major from Holy Names University–Latin American and Latino/a studies and Liberal Studies with a Multiple Subject Emphasis. Master of Education: Holy Names University with an emphasis in Urban Education

Favorite College Experience:Going on our university trips and building lifelong memories and relationships with other students. Coming from a university that takes pride in being social justice advocates, I had the opportunity to travel to Oaxaca, Mexico and learn about the annual teacher's marches and political climate of the state; go on a civil rights tour through Georgia and Alabama; build houses with Habitat for Humanity for low income families in Tutwiler, Mississippi; and most memorable of all, travel to Nogales, Arizona and Sonora, Mexico to learn more about and defend immigrant rights.
Lynna Din Lynna Din
METS Academic Advisor
510.430.3320, ldin@mills.edu
Education: Laney College, AA Social Science; San Francisco State University, BA Asian American Studies; San Francisco State University, MS School Counseling

Favorite College Experience: Being able to do internships. Through these experiences I was able to gain a better perspective about working with various stakeholders (principle, teachers, counselors, parents, students, and community leaders) within the Oakland Unified School District. I learned to become humbled and open-minded when working with students from diverse backgrounds. This is where I found my joy working with adolescents.


Upward Bound Staff

Javarte Bobino Javarte Bobino
Director, Upward Bound
510.430.3337, jbobino@mills.edu
Education: Doctoral Degree in Educational Psychology from Alliant International University. Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and Personnel Pupil Services Credential Saint Mary's College of California. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication from Xavier University of Louisiana.

Favorite College Experience: All of my undergraduate years were great. I had to chance to learn about New Orleans and people from all over the world.


Shavonnee Clark Shavonnee Clark
Upward Bound Associate Director
510.430.3128, shaclark@mills.edu
Education: UCLA B.A. in Political Science, Education Studies Minor & CSU East Bay M.P.A in Public Management & Policy Analysis (In Progress). Favorite College Experience: Finding my passion by creating a student community service group that exposed students to college readiness, art, and activism in Compton & South Central Los Angeles.


Erica Dominguez Erica Dominguez
Upward Bound Academic Coordinator
510.430.3346, edominguez@mills.edu
Education: San Francisco State University, BA Liberal Studies; Mills College, MA Educational Leadership

Favorite College Experience: Serving in Jumpstart (SF State) and mentoring young children, I had the opportunity to build memorable bonds with educators, college students, and families in SF Bayview-Hunter's Point community. Between riding Muni with co-workers, singing songs in circle time, and reading books to a bunch of little smiling faces my incredible passion for equity in education was born.


Mario Castro Mario Castro
Upward Bound Academic Advisor
510.430.3208, macastro@mills.edu
Education: BA in Sociology & BS Anthropology

Favorite College Experience: All the friendships and relationships. Having friends close by was nice.


Karina Soriano-Ponce Karina Soriano-Ponce
Upward Bound WCC Academic Advisor
510.430.2055, ksorianoponce@mills.edu
Education: BA in Spanish studies from Holy Names University MA in Counseling from Saint Mary’s College (January 2019)

Favorite College Experience: I enjoyed being a part of a club called Latinos Unidos. Latinos Unidos meme era worked together to bring cultural events to the college community.


Vanessa Varko-Fontana Vanessa Varko-Fontana
Program Office Manager, Upward Bound
510.430.2064, vvarkofontana@mills.edu
Education: AA City College of San Francisco, BA New College of California–emphasis on activism and social change

Favorite College Experience: Travelling to Manzanar with my political science class to meet Japenese Internment camp survivors and honor their experience and struggles part of US history. We bonded as classmates and were able to see the impacts of US politics on communities. This experience helped me find my advocate voice and political awareness.


Jennifer Guevara Jennifer Guevara
Student Services Coordinator
510.430.2234, jguevara@mills.edu


Mauricio Guevara Mauricio Guevara
Upward Bound Technology Specialist
510.430.3211, mauguevara@mills.edu
Education: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, BS Mechanical Engineering

Favorite College Experience: After going kicking and screaming to Summer Institute (SSS program’s summer bridge), I ended up having a great time and met many students who ended up becoming my friends throughout my college career. I feel like going really gave me a leg up in school and made the transition that much easier.


Magi Brizuela Magi Brizuela
Upward Bound Academic Advisor
510.430.3397, mbrizuela@mills.edu
Education: Mills College, BA Environmental Science

Favorite College Experience: My favorite college experience was walking the stage at commencement, looking into the crowd and seeing my children, parents, and all my family cheering me on.


MLiset Rodriguez Liset Rodriguez
Upward Bound Student Office Assistant
Education: Mills Collge UB alumni, Currently pursuing BS at Mills College

Favorite College Experience: I love college so far because I have so many friendly people to support me.


Derrick Barbosa Derrick Barbosa
Oakland Peer Advisor


Thy Doan Thy Doan
WCC Peer Advisor


Myeisha Williams Myeisha "My" Williams
Peer Advisor
Education: AA African American Studies ‘16 - Merritt College; BA Politics, Economics, Policy, Law concentration in Public Policy ‘18- Mills College ; MPP candidate ‘20 -Mills College.

Participating in an intensive study abroad trip to Beijing and Shanghai, China while serving as student body president of Merritt College and interning for the Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee.


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Reinhardt Hall C Wing
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
P: 510.430.2177
F: 510.430.2309
E: trio@mills.edu

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Last Updated: 1/15/19